Sunday, December 13, 2009
Pokémon: The Golden Apocalypse, Chapter Two
Red stepped back from the cage and watched intently. For what felt like an eternity nothing happened. Red took a tentative step forward. Nothing happened. He poked the cage with his shoe. Again, there was no sign of life. He bent down to look in the cage. He saw nothing in the darkness. He was debating whether he should reach into it or attempt to dump out its contents when he heard a moist slapping noise from within. He leaped to his feet and moved back. The sound came again. Seconds passed. It came once more. Red could only imagine what horror lurked within, slowly moving forward on a thousand tentacled feet, moving them with the deliberate slowness of a predator that none can hide from, each sucker being pulled from the wall before reattaching inches ahead. The noise came again, closer to the entrance. This time it was less distorted by the cage. It sounded less like a tentacle and more like wet sponge dropping to the ground. Red waited a little longer, and then a sad little round creature hopped into the light. It was small. Far smaller than most pokémon Red had ever seen, save newly hatched magikarp and perhaps some caterpie. It was a slimy blue, similar to that of a blue algae he had once seen when one of the wells was contaminated. Its nose was the pink of pecha berries, and it was below two large eyes that together filled most of the sphere. Its stomach was translucent, and Red could see the spiraling intestinal tract within. What made the beast so miserable - what made Red despair - were its limbs. It had no arms, and it's legs were small and weak. The thing could barely support its own weight, and seemed to have difficulty walking. It had a tail, much like a tadpole's, that seemed to do nothing but trip the creature as it waddled around Red cheerfully. He looked back at the shining Lab, with its glorious Guardian perched above, and wondered how he could ever hope to achieve anything with this, this, abomination at his feet. Blissfully ignorant, the pokémon tripped over Red's foot and, looking up at him in apparent surprise, happily gurgled "Poliwag!"